Monday, December 10, 2007

Well, here they are, the new herd:
Here you can see the shoes on the stallion:

Here you see the results of the removal of the brown mare's shoes, and you can also see the contracted shod hoof of the stallion:Naked Running

Is all this shoe removal necessary? After all, they are just rubber models. Yes, it's necessary. These'll be gifts to my daughter, and she has been known to put a horse back on the shelf when she sees the steel on its hooves. That's my girl! This time when I went shopping, enough of them were shod that I figured I shouldn't hold it against them, after all, they did appear to be quality horses, and the coat colors were quite nice. So I decided we'd pull their shoes and rehab them instead of rejecting them completely.

If you hadn't noticed, I've provided a link to some previews for a documentary film called "Naked Running." Definitely worth checking out. I hope it makes it to TV so the whole darn world can see it. Naked Running


Anonymous said...

Hello! I've been following your blog for a few months now. I'm a faithful pioneer woman reader and got your blog from hers. I'm in the process of getting two Quarter horses. Sadie is 11 years old, hasn't been ridden in years, Lightning is 6 years old has been saddled before but it's been a long time. They get on him now but bareback and ride him around. I'm going to need some advice on how to "re-train" these horses. Living in Northern IA I will have a few months to get to know/trust these animals and will not be trying to get on them until spring/summer time. I have had some horse experience but am basically coming into this as a learning situation. Would you be willing to give me advice and such?

Andrea said...

I'd sure be willing to give it a try. I'm no expert or anything, and sometimes not being there in person is a big hindrance. For now, I'd suggest looking on eBay for training videos. I just ordered Chris Cox's set (, got a great deal on it on eBay. I haven't watched the whole thing yet, but so far I like it. Clinton Anderson is also good. I hear his videos are very step-by-step and he shows how to solve all kinds of problems you may encounter, instead of showing how with an already trained horse. (I'll email you as well so you have my email address.)

Tracey said...

Andrea, that's a great clip! Why not share it at the forum?